Deepdale is a stadium in the Deepdale area of Preston, England, the home of Preston North End F.C. and England's National Football Museum. Preston North End are one of the founder members of the Football League. Since the English Football League was the first ever professional football league to form, Deepdale is the oldest continually-used site for league football in the world.

The land originally was Deepdale Farm and was used by the cricket and rugby teams of which spawned the football side. Leased on January 21, 1875 by the town's North End sports club, it hosted its first association football match on October 5, 1878. The league record attendance for PNE at Deepdale is 42,684 v Arsenal F.C. in the First Division, 23 April 1938. All four of the stands have now been replaced by new all seated structures named after famous players to grace PNE over the years. The old 'Pavilion' stand, now called the 'Invincibles Pavilion', was first opened for the 2008/2009 season. It is named after the Preston North End team of 1888/1889 season who were the first football team ever to go an entire season unbeaten in the league and also the first to complete the league and F.A. Cup double. Deepdale now has a capacity of 23,408 and is now an all seater stadium after the completion of the final stand which also includes a row of executive boxes. The women's team Dick, Kerr's Ladies also called Deepdale home, often beating men's professional teams and attracting crowds of up to 53,000. Reflecting this history, the venue was used during the 2005 UEFA Women's Championship. The nearby Deepdale railway station closed to regular passenger services on 31 May 1930.

National Football Museum
Located at the Deepdale stadium in Preston, the museum opened in June 2001. It is an independent charity holding the following collections:
  • The FIFA Museum Collection
  • The Football Association Collection
  • The Football League Collection.
  • The Wembley Stadium Collection.
  • The FIFA Book Collection
  • The People’s Collection
  • The Preston North End F.C. Collection
  • The Harry Langton Collection
  • The Sir Stanley Matthews Collection
  • The Littlewoods Collection
At any time, around 42,000 items from the museum’s collections are on display, with a further 130,000 items held. Key items include:
  • One of the two balls used in the first World Cup Final in 1930.
  • The ball from the 1966 World Cup Final.
  • The replica of the Jules Rimet Trophy, made in secret by the FA in 1966 after the original was stolen, and paraded by the England players at the World Cup Final in 1966.
  • The England captain’s jersey and cap from the world's first official international football match, England v Scotland, in 1872.
  • The world’s oldest women’s football kit, from the 1890s.
  • The football shirt worn by Diego Maradona when he scored the infamous "hand of god" goal against England in the 1986 World Cup.

Old Deepdale
As football grew in popularity, it became necessary to have raised areas, so the idea of football terracing was formed. In the 1890s Preston built the west paddock, which ran along the touch line and a tent was erected to house the changing rooms. At the turn of the century crowds started to grow with crowds of over 10,000 and in 1921 they had to expand again. The Spion Kop was built and the West Paddock was extended to meet the Kop end. The pitch was removed down to allow the building of the Town End. A state of design was installed into the Paddocks and Kop End allowing fans to move under the terracing. The Town End was completed in approximately 1928 but was destroyed by fire only five years later. The Pavilion Stand, a relatively small stand of 2 tiers holding the changing rooms and offices, was built in its place and opened in 1934. This allowed a PNE record crowd of 42,684 against Arsenal on the 23 April 1938. During the 60s ”“ 80s, big changes took place as roofs were placed on the stands, seating was installed and terracing extended.

New Deepdale
The regeneration of Deepdale began in 1995 when the old West Stand was demolished to make way for the new £4.4m Sir Tom Finney Stand which has a capacity of around 8,000 and includes press areas and restaurants. The next stand to be developed was the Bill Shankly Kop in 1998. The National Football museum runs underneath these stands with the entrance at the corner of the two. The Alan Kelly Town End was next to be built replacing the popular Town End terrace. The old Pavilion terrace was closed in 2006, however fans could still use the seated upper tier until it was eventually demolished in 2007. In 2008, the new Invincibles Pavilion opened to complete the regeneration of Deepdale, giving it a new capacity of 23,408. The Invincibles Pavilion includes a row of executive boxes and a restaurant which overlooks the pitch as well as the Stadium Control Room, PA Announcer's Room and Big Screen Control Room and an NHS walk-in centre has also been built into the stand. In 2008, a 25 metre screen was also erected on the roof of the Bill Shankly Kop which shows action from the game as well as highlights and advertisements prior to kick off. The original plans for the re-developed stadium were inspired by the Luigi Ferraris Stadium in Genoa,Italy.

Plastic Pitch
In 1986, Preston North End decided to lay an all weather pitch to try and generate some extra income for the club by renting the pitch to local teams to play on, to reduce the number of postponed matches as well as enabling the use of the Deepdale pitch as a training ground. This proved to be unpopular with the fans and was eventually ripped up in 1994, as it stung the players bottoms when they went in for a slide tackle, and replaced with grass.

Sir Tom Finney Statue
Outside the Sir Tom Finney Stand, is a statue of the famous player himself, sculpted by Sardajee Om Puri. The statue unveiled in July 2004, was inspired by a photo taken at the Chelsea versus PNE game played at Stamford Bridge, in 1956. After a large downpour before kick off, parts of the pitch were covered in water, but the game was still allowed to start. Whilst with the ball and having just got around a defender Finney ended up in one of the pools of water. A photographer captured the moment and the photo later won the 'Sports Photograph Of The Year Award'.

The England Under 21s are using Deepdale to host the England Under 21s v Iceland Under 21s

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